By Claire Laubier
Claire Laubier brings jointly documentary and statistical fabric; extracts from newspapers and journals, literary texts, ads, manifestos, and private stories. every one extract pertains to the various reviews of ladies in France at paintings, in politics, at domestic and within the kinfolk. jointly they provide an immediate and thought-provoking chronological and thematic account of women's lives in post-war France.
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It is divided into two volumes: the first begins with various different approaches to the subject of the feminine and woman’s ‘destiny’, with an analysis of history and myth, and then covers women’s personal development and education from childhood to sexual initiation; the second volume starts with a section called ‘situation’, which deals with various states of womanhood—the married woman, the prostitute, maturity, and old age. The second section, called ‘justification’, analyses ways in which women react to their ‘situation’, and the book ends with suggestions for achieving emancipation and liberation.
She held the view that women’s emancipation would follow automatically out of the victory of socialism rather than through a feminist struggle. It was not until many years later that de Beauvoir admitted that socialism had done no more for women than capitalism; this forced her to alter her views on the means of obtaining liberation. Le Deuxième Sexe covers a wealth of material, and describes and analyses a multitude of aspects of woman’s condition. It is divided into two volumes: the first begins with various different approaches to the subject of the feminine and woman’s ‘destiny’, with an analysis of history and myth, and then covers women’s personal development and education from childhood to sexual initiation; the second volume starts with a section called ‘situation’, which deals with various states of womanhood—the married woman, the prostitute, maturity, and old age.
Weddings and divorces 30 were greeted with equal publicity. This contrasted greatly with the realities of love for most women in the 1950s. However, it encouraged women to think that it was no longer the institution of marriage that legitimized love and sexuality, but that love was the all-important thing. This raised women’s expectations and led to analyses of their attitudes to marriage and love. In 1959 Elle published the results of the first comprehensive survey of French women’s attitudes to love, called ‘La Française et l’amour’.